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Rowan of Rin (Rowan of Rin #1) Paperback – February 17, 2004
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Gr 4-6-The people of Rin are strong and brave, except for young Rowan. He spends his time caring for the bukshah, the gentle beasts that the villagers depend on for their survival. When their stream suddenly stops flowing and the bukshah are in danger of dying, six of the strongest, bravest villagers decide to climb the Mountain, hoping to avoid the Dragon that lives there, to find out what has happened. However, Sheba the Wise Woman is the only one who knows the way, and she has decided that Rowan must accompany the party, so she gives them a magic map that can only be read if he is holding it. Rowan starts off as fragile and a little whiny, but improves steadily, especially as he begins to realize that he plays an important role in the expedition. He is able to succeed through his own efforts, not through magic. The adults are one-dimensional at first, but as Rowan learns more about them, so do readers, and two of them prove to have unexpected depth. Traditional fantasy elements and setting are presented in a fast-moving and enjoyable tale that should be an easy sell to fantasy lovers.
Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
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In the aftermath of "Rowan of Rin," the boy Rowan is a hero to his village. Now growing a crop of succulent Mountain berries, the villagers have settled back into their normal routine -- until the Travellers come. The nomadic tribe has a history of friction-filled cooperation with the people of Rin, and their mockery of Rowan's triumph shows that nothing has changed. Several of the villagers also suspect that the Travellers are plotting to steal the Mountain berries.
Then the Travellers vanish, and villagers begin lapsing, one by one, into comas. The old wise woman Sheba utters another prophecy, and rails insanely out of fear of something that is coming -- an old "enemy." Only Rowan and the half-Traveller Allun are able to escape, and they rejoin the Travellers, who claim to have no knowledge of what is happening to Rin. They are planning to go back to the Pit of Unrin, to find a legendary golden city that was mysteriously destroyed. But when Rowan agrees to come, he will find something lurking that is too terrifying to imagine.
This book can probably stand on its own; references are made to the previous book, but no plot elements lean too heavily. The dialogue is never pretentious, a little stilted in places, but overall good. The descriptions -- especially chilling ones -- are even better, in such scenes as the one with the carnivorous trees with flexible roots, and Sheba's ranting. The only problem is that the cause of the villagers' affliction is pretty obvious from the beginning.Read more ›
Emily Rodda does it again by making Rowan one of the most unlikely heros of our times!
Rowan is the most timid child in the village of Rin, and so he is often teased and bullied by other children. Adults pity him or dislike him for his apparent weakness. He is also is a herder of the bukshah (buffalo-like creatures who provide milk and wool), who are fed by a certain stream coming down from a nearby mountain. And, it is said, a dragon lives at the top of the mountain. One day it's discovered that the mountain stream is drying up. Without it, the bukshah and the village will both die. They consult old Sheba, a clearsighted wise woman who utters a cryptic rhyme: Seven hearts the journey make/Seven ways the hearts will break/Bravest heart will carry on/When sleep is death and hope is gone...
The village sends six of their strongest, bravest men and woman - and Rowan, who is the only one who can use their map. Coming along is Strong Jonn, half-Traveller Allun, inseparable companions Val and Ellis, Marlie, and Bromden. More prophetic verses crop up in the map, leading the way through dens of enormous spiders, bogs where they hear their loved ones' voices, right to the cold summit of the mountain. But Rowan and his companions will learn some lessons about fear and courage...
Reading this book, one sees so many ways that it could have gone wrong. The adults could have remained one-dimensional and snobbish - but they don't, they grow and change as Rowan does. Rowan could have been a little twit - but he wasn't, instead being a thoroughly believable young boy who WANTS to be brave.Read more ›
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Awesome awesome book, Emily Rodda. I'm in my 40s and was reading it to be able to discuss with my middle schooler, and ended up not being able to put it down. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent sequel to the first story, seeing as Rowan hasn't changed overnight from his ordeal with the Dragon and the Mountain in the first book; the broadening of the horizon and... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Caitlin
It was exactly what I ordered. Was for my Great Nephew who needed it for school and he loved it. I would recommend this sellerPublished 20 months ago by Sue
Despite the fact that this book can easily be read and enjoyed by an elementary age student, I still immensely enjoy the story of an underdog young boy proving that trying to be... Read morePublished 20 months ago by RJ Adams
Geared to pre-teens but all age levels will like to read this mythological story filled with adventure and lots of action.Published 22 months ago by Maria
This is a fantastic and engaging book - perfect for young people who are yet to discover a passion for reading!Published 23 months ago by StriveForExcellence
I absolutely love this book! I would definitely recommend this book for young readers. Rowan (the main character) doesn’t quite fit in with his village and any child can relate to... Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by Lacie Palmer
I used the series of books to hook my son and grandnephew on reading. They would not put these books down, they wanted to read about what happens next.Published on May 29, 2013 by Emily